National property consultancy Carter Jonas has secured planning consent on behalf of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust for a brand new Community Diagnostic Centre for Barking. Consent was awarded by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham on 7th June 2023.

The 0.1ha site has been host to the Barking Community Hospital for over 100 years and during that time has seen various redevelopments and additions. This application is the latest addition to increase outpatient capacity.

The planning consent allows for the provision of a Community Diagnostic Centre, one of 40 centres which were announced by the Government in October 2021. It will provide clinical spaces for the use of cardiology/ respiratory/ pathology physiological measurement; MRI/CT control and procedure rooms.  

This is a highly sustainable scheme which, it is expected, will achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ accreditation due to its energy efficiency PV panel installation and air source heat pumps and use of Modern Methods of Construction.

Modern Methods of Construction, specifically the use of prefabricated units for a modular build, not only creates reduces carbon in construction but also enables the new hospital to be delivered unusually quickly: it is anticipated that construction will begin on site in July and the hospital will be ready for use by December.

Charlotte Hutchison, Associate Partner at Carter Jonas in London commented, ‘Carter Jonas was extremely pleased to be able to assist the Trust in achieving planning consent for this important new development which will very quickly and efficiently address a real need. Furthermore, it’s great that despite the rapid timeframe, the scheme can be delivered to such high sustainability standards.’

Vikki Butler, Director of Clinical Reconfiguration at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust commented, “We are delighted that this development has been supported as it will enable residents of Barking to access locally based diagnostic services. This modern construction will add to and enhance facilities on the Barking Community Hospital site “

In achieving planning success, Carter Jonas worked alongside Module Co (MMC construction), Llewelyn Davies (architect), TPA (transport) and XCo2 (energy and sustainability).

Carter Jonas is retained to discharge conditions and manage obligation submissions through to the occupation of the building.